The Mummy

ISBN: 0345369947
ISBN 13: 9780345369949
By: Anne Rice

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Ramses the Great has awakened in Edwardian London. Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra. And his intense longing for her, undiminished over the centuries, will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger....

Reader's Thoughts


Awesome book! To read all at once! Have read a couple of times and still is a great read!


This is the second time I have read this book, as the last time was years ago. The story is different then any mummy tale I have seen to date. It deals more so with immortality then raising the dead, and the emotional turmoil that accompanies being immortal. The Story moves quickly and the characters are very likeable. The reason I only gave the book four stars is because three quarters of the way through the book, I found the characters where not behaving quite like themselves and also because I find I'm left hanging at the end of the book. I feel robbed of the knowledge of what happens to certain characters like Alex? Elliot? I feel the book has been left open for a sequel but so far there has been non forthcoming. With Anne Rice I guess you just can't ever tell what she will do next. Crossing my fingers, but not holding my breath.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald

I picked up this book because I’d read Interview With A Vampire and wasn’t that fussed. I thought I’d give Anne Rice a second chance by picking something completely unrelated.Julie Stratford’s archaeologist father uncovers the tomb of Ramses the Great, a pharaoh said to be immortal. The archaeologist is promptly murdered and the mummy shipped to Julie in early 20th Century England. Ramses revives in time to save Julie from being similarly murdered and the pair fall in love. The remainder of the book is spent introducing Ramses to modern times and keeping the elixir that rendered him immortal from falling into the wrong hands.I can’t say that I was all that fussed on this book either. It started out well, but there seemed to be no real depth to the characters. They appeared to be more driven by the story rather than the other way around. Nor did they seem to grow at all, unless you count Alex becoming more cynical or Julie becoming more and more the helpless female. Ramses obsession with Cleopatra seemed forced, considering he was supposed to be in love with Julie.The ending was disappointing, with no real resolution at all. It actually left me wondering whether there was supposed to be a sequel, there were so many loose ends.All in all, not my cup of tea. It wouldn’t surprise me, though, if it went through a bit of a revival with Twilight being such a big hit and the current surge in popularity that paranormal romance is undergoing.


This is my absolute all time favorite book by Anne Rice! She introduced me to a new kind of mummy that was actually attractive. It's not your typical "Mummy" style story. The intro of Cleopatra really threw me for a loop. Anne Rice's "The Mummy" inspired me to write my own novel. You can feel the characters and see the surroundings so vividly. Her twist on the "Mummy" was a surprising and pleasant shock! I must have read this novel 10 times in the last few years. Recommend it to everyone!

Julie Johnson

I picked this up at the library because I hadn't read it in twenty years and i was curious to read it again.That was the wrong thing to do. I read this as a teenager and maybe it had appealed to the romantic in me, but as a 41 year old, this book just started to annoy me! I did love the first part, in Egypt...and all the mystery and tension around the discovery etc.....but when you get to the romance and the part where the mummy is alive and well and living inLondon...well, I just couldn't take it anymore without rolling my eyes.This was al very fresh way back when but the premise of an immortal being and a love affair has been done to death a la Twilight...also, I couldn't get all those cheesy mummy movies with Brendan Fraser out of my head.So sorry, this was a no go for me. I had to put it down and take it back and move onto other books. I gave it two stars out of deference to my teenage self, who loved this book and of course the Vampire Lestat books...but that's really the only reason why.

Austin James

Anne Rice has a thing for immortality. In the Vampire Chronicles (of which I've read the first 3 books) she symbolically explores a detachment from God through her characters, a cast of vampires.In "The Mummy or Ramses the Damned" she also deals with immortality. However, this book isn't concerned with spirituality. Instead her characters are immortal because it allows her to explore the beauty of the past. Ramses II, Cleopatra, Mark Antony - These are all characters of history that go beyond legend. This book is Rice's own whimsical fantasy of how they would look at the modern world (or at least Edwardian period of early 20th Century Europe).I didn't hate the book. It's not her strongest piece of work I've read so far. Personally I like how her books deal with questions about god, life, and death. I think that's why I liked the Vampire Chronicles better. The other thing I didn't like about the book were the characters. Ramses is immortal and damned (he can never quench his thirst or hunger). But he didn't seem too upset about it. Most of the time he was fascinated with everything all around him. The other characters were just mediocre.Overall, I would give the book 6 out of 10 (10 being great).Originally reviewed on my blog at

Carrie Slager

I’ve read a lot of Anne Rice’s books, but The Mummy is my absolute favourite, no question about it. It has the perfect mix of tragedy, romance, history and emotion that Anne Rice pulls off so well, without any extra flab added to the story. Compared to her other novels, The Mummy is incredibly short, with my version only being 398 pages. Believe me, they read fast!Maybe I’m a bit biased because I’ve always loved ancient Egypt and have been fascinated by Ramses the Great. I’m not necessarily an admirer of him, but he does play a significant role in history and did have an interesting life. Well, Anne Rice brings him to life in The Mummy and he is as charming, well-spoken and lecherous as one would expect. But he also has a soft side, which is what makes it so easy for Julie and readers to fall in love with him. Julie herself has a few too many modern sensibilities for the era, but she is an interesting character because she is so strong. She’s the perfect match for Ramses.Anne Rice showcases exactly what it is that makes people want to devote their entire lives to the study of Egyptology. If you haven’t fallen in love with Egypt by the time you finish The Mummy, you likely never will. I didn’t even catch any glaring historical inaccuracies. Sure, some things were changed around if you believe in the traditional Cleopatra story, but Anne Rice presents a compelling alternative that makes sense in the context of the story. Her vivid descriptions reveal the passion she has for ancient Egypt and that enthusiasm continues throughout the entire novel.Her later Vampire Chronicles works seemed to lack heart, but The Mummy certainly does not. It’s fresh, a fitting retelling of the very old, generally cliché shambling mummy coming back from the grave story. Of course it has fantastical elements, but I don’t think they’ll be overwhelming for people who don’t normally read fantasy. Anne Rice achieved perfect balance in The Mummy and it’s a book I would highly recommend to anyone.Warning: This is an Anne Rice book. Of course there are explicit sex scenes and gore that could be offensive to young or sensitive readers. I would personally not recommend The Mummy for anyone under 14, but everyone matures at different rates. Use your common sense when buying books.I give this book 5/5 stars.


Before I rant, a little background: I’ve always enjoyed horror stories, in particular, vampire and mummy stories. As a young teen my favorite author was H.P. Lovecraft, and one of my most favorite horror stories was The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker which is a “mummy” story. Starting in 1984 I began reading what came to be known as “The Vampire Chronicles” by Anne Rice. The first book, Interview With the Vampire, was sensuous and atmospheric and rewrote traditional vampire mythology. Intrigued, I immediately moved to the second book, The Vampire Lestat, which was a natural continuation of the mythology, and then snapped up the third book, Queen of the Damned, as soon as it hit bookstore shelves in 1988. And that brings us to my thoughts about The Mummy. I read The Mummy while waiting for the next installment of the vampire books hoping to find Rice giving mummies the same unique treatment that she’d given to vampires. Nope. The Mummy read more like an outline of a book -- something she probably pitched to her editor and had published quickly to capitalize on the vampire books. The premise was compelling but the writing is purely awful. Sentence fragments and other bad grammar, cheesy melodramatic scenes, trite dialog, and a tendency to slip into the style of cheap pornography insulted not only my intelligence but my sensibilities throughout. Yeah, I read the whole thing hoping it would get better as the story unfolded. It didn’t.


I really liked this story by Anne Rice. I wish she had written more of this style of book. Ramses the Great has come back to life, now he is cursed to live eternity and the only glimpse of happiness is his intriguing relationship with Julie Stratford.


Can't believe it took me so long to read this one. There are only one or two of Rice's books that I haven't liked, but this one was classic Rice. She captures the historical mood perfectly, the grandeur and romance and mystery, the eroticism that is somehow woven into every scene, without being trite or distracting. Just when I think I know how she's going to resolve things, she goes in a completely different -- yet perfectly fitting and satisfying -- direction. There are a lot of themes in this one that echo the vampires, which was neat to see. I'm not sure which came first, though I suspect vampires were her first love. This novel is the story of Ramses, an immortal mummy who is brought back to life unknowingly by the archeologist who discovers his tomb. It then follows him and the humans who know his secret from England to Egypt, and ponders what will become of the remaining immortality elixir. I recommend this one to anyone who loves Rice, or historical fantasy that isn't too "fantasy".

Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs

The anti-vampire – I could not finish the book. I got about half-way through and I just couldn’t face slogging through any more of it.I know its me – Anne Rice is a wonderful writer, so many love her! But I can barely get through most of her works, and it’s usually a supreme act of will or sheer inertia.Oh well. Don’t burn this one, but if your taste are anything like mine don’t try it either.

Michael Mallory

First, I'm a middle-aged guy who does not read bodice-rippers as a rule. Perhaps "ever" is a better word. But I happen to love mummy fiction, be it in the form of a movie or a book. That was what prompted me to dive into Anne Rice's "The Mummy," which, prior to "The Da Vinci Code," was the worst book I could not put down. Perhaps anticipating the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies that came along several years later, this Mummy is not a shriveled, bandaged, mute zombie hit man, stumping around and strangling anyone that has p.o.'d some guy in a Fez; he's a reconstituted, perfectly modern-looking, very verbose heartthrob who happens to be secretly a few thousand years old. And therein lies the rub, at least for me: what follows is a post-Edwardian romance novel with some of the most excruciating dialogue on record; Leslie Nielsen should have done the audio book. And yet, I kept turning the pages, in spite of myself. So if you, like me, prefer the likes of a prunefaced beswathed nightmare, dragging his foot behind him as he shambles his way to his next victim, then you may be disappointed in this reincarnation, even though the adventure aspect of the story holds interest. If, however, you're sick of dashing Byronic vampires and want to try a dashing Byronic mummy, who melts the heart of a panting, virginal heroine with a penchant for spouting lines that even Judi Dench couldn't sell, then this is the book for you. "Reader, I buried him!"


I enjoyed this book, though parts of it annoyed me. I'm not exactly sure what I didn't like about it. I think it was a combination of writing, characterization and a few other things.


Loved this book...couldn't put it down once I started it. I really wish she would have done a series out of this story.


I was stuck in a library waiting and had nothing to read. I picked this up thinking 'Ancient Egypt, the undead, how can it be bad?' without looking at the author.After first few pages I checked. Oh dear.I really do not like Anne Rice.It was in reading this book for a few hours stuck in a library and continuing out of an awful sense of self harm that I realised that Anne Rice wants to be immortal. She doesn't care how she manages to do it, she wants to be undead. Not in the horror awful monster way either, as she romanticizes the awesome classic villain archetype. But in a beautiful way. And I'm pretty sure she wants to be a gay man.

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